An Arborloo is an ecological sanitation toilet in which trees are planted on top of the full pit while the superstructure, ring beam and slab are moved from pit to pit in a continuous cycle.

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The Arborloo is a shallow pit on which a tree can be planted after it is full, while the toilet superstructure, ring beam and slab are moved to a new pit in a continuous cycle (usually moved once every 6 to 12 months). The pit should be about 1 to 1.5 m deep and should not be lined as it would prevent the tree or plant from growing properly.

The tree or plant should not be directly planted in the raw excreta. It should be planted in the soil on top of the pit, allowing its roots to penetrate the pit contents as it grows.

Arborloo designs will vary between communities but the ecological sanitation principle remains the same. It can be applied in rural, peri-urban, and denser areas if space is available.

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It is widely implemented in Africa with recent applications in other countries like the Philippines.

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Alternative ecological sanitation solutions including fossa alterna and urine diversion dry toilets. There are also other types of solutions including pit latrines as well as container-based solutions such as Sanivation in Kenya, Loowatt in Madagascar, SOIL in Haiti, and Cleanteam in Ghana.

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Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

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